WHY THIS MADE THE CUT
Mushrooms add texture and nutrients to all kinds of plant-based meals. It's considered a superfood for a reason and we highly suggest adding it in your rotation.
Mushrooms contain some of the most potent natural medicines we know of. They have developed strong antibiotics to ward off bacterial infection and those antibiotics are also effective in humans! Penicillin, streptomycin and other antibiotics come from fungal extracts. Fortunately mushrooms also happen to be hearty, low-calorie and delicious so there's no reason not to be eating them on the regular.
When shopping for mushrooms, make sure they feel firm, aren’t moist to the touch and are mold-free. Ideally they should be stored in a paper bag inside the fridge. They should last about 5 to 7 days. If you don't have paper bags, put them in a sealed plastic bag with a paper towel or two. Brush the dirt off and rinse lightly when you’re ready to use them (aka don't wash them until you need them).
Fresh mushrooms don't freeze well, but cooked mushrooms do. You can freeze sautéed mushrooms for up to one month.
Since mushrooms absorb and concentrate whatever they're grown in, this is a food that you'll want to spend the extra money to buy organic.
Peep this video from Chef Bill Briwa as he demonstrates how to select and store mushrooms:
PLANT60 APPROVED RECIPES
Here's some inspiration to get you started on your mushroom journey:
We've given you some guidance on a Vegan Stir Fry, along with a few other recipes that we love.